PDA Event: Doing the Work: Practical Equity-Centered Change Projects by Real Cultural Change Agents

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Equity-centered leaders are visionaries who can identify barriers and create access for others. Join this panel discussion to learn how these leaders created equity-centered practices and processes in their respective organizations.


Dr. Consuella Askew, Rutgers University Libraries
CCBD Project: Structuring Equity-Centered Hiring Practices

Dr. Consuella Askew is an accomplished administrator, librarian, and scholar, and currently serves as Vice President for University Libraries and University Librarian at Rutgers University. Dr. Askew has published and presented widely on library leadership, developing a culture of assessment in academic libraries, and strategically adapting library services to meet evolving user needs. Dr. Askew serves as an executive board member of the Historically Black College and University Libraries Alliance and is a member of the editorial board for the award-winning portal: Libraries and the Academy.

Andrew Ellingsen, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
CCBD Project: Understanding Our People

Andrew Ellingsen is an experienced instructional coach and educator who currently serves as Director of Folk Art Education at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. Ellingsen taught elementary music and worked as an instructional coach in Iowa and Minnesota for nearly twenty years. He earned his B.A. at Luther College and his M.A.M.E. at the University of St. Thomas with a dual concentration in Kodály and Orff Schulwerk.

Laura O’Brien-Miller, Yale Library
CCBD Project: The HCBU Alliance + Yale Partnership Program

Laura O’Brien Miller is a Rare Books & Manuscripts Conservator. She develops and executes conservation strategies for rare books, bound manuscripts, papyri, and parchment documents and advocates for for the care of Yale Library’s special collections. Laura previously worked in conservation at New York University’s Bobst Library, The Chicago Public Library, The Chicago History Museum, and The Art Institute of Chicago.

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